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May 24, 2010

Weekend wrap – Big weekend for Gibbs

Sterling Gibbs was at his best when it mattered most Sunday.

The Maryland-bound point guard from Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) scored seven of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, leading the New York Panthers to an 82-80 win over New Heights for the iS8 Nike Spring Classic championship in Queens.

The steady play of Gibbs would eventually pay dividends for the Panthers in the second half, as the Maryland-bound PG used a triad of great defense, high percentage free throw shooting and speed to pick off an inbounds pass for a three point play that gave them a 51-50 lead.

• Terps power forward signee Ashton Pankey was also on hand for the iS8 tournament, suiting up for New Heights. In his third game since having surgery to fix a stress fracture in his left leg -- and first game without his knee brace -- Pankey scored five points.

“That wasn’t a good idea,” he said of leaving the brace at home. Pankey, who plans to be ready to contribute for Maryland next year, later added: “The biggest thing is to get stronger and the pain will go away.”

• UM small forward recruit Mychal Parker made the journey from his Washington, N.C., home to New York, joining the Sean Bell All-Stars for the iS8 tournament.

Parker was asked to fill all types’ roles during the week. He spent nearly a third of each game running the point while proving to be an effective distributor with his very good ball handling skills for a 6’6+ wing. Parker also displayed his three point acumen knocking down several trey balls throughout the weekend and did an excellent job attacking the rim off the bounce while finishing in traffic or finding the open man.

(Credit to Testudo Times for the link)

• The East Bay Express profiled Maryland shooting guard target Jabari Brown this weekend, taking a look at the junior's itinerant basketball journey.

At a muscular six-feet-four-inches, the seventeen-year-old Brown is ranked among the top thirty players in America for the graduating class of 2011. During the summer, he plays for the elite Nike-sponsored Drew Gooden Soldiers traveling team, which competes in front of famous college coaches in tournaments and events around the country and counts several NBA players among its alumni. "I rank Jabari right up there at the top," says Soldiers director Mark Olivier. "The sky is the limit for that kid."

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:43 AM | | Comments (12)



Do you think, and I know this is a stretch, because I am one that think the Terps are in real big trouble, and in danger of having their consecutive 500+ streak, because they are really going to struggle.
Anyway, are we realistically capable of getting a big man for 2011?

I think they will be lucky to win 3 games in the ACC, and they might win 7 or so in the non-con schedule. This is because of their size, or lack there of.

He can't recruit Bigs. Is this going to change soon?

I think that you under estimate the team that went 13-3 in the ACC because everyone of those guys left from last year had a hand in every come from behind win they hand. It wasn't just GV and Landon, and Eric. Now do they have a star on the team, no one knows right now but they have the potential to be at the top or near the top of the ACC. Each team in the ACC has lost fire power from top to bottom and MD is still one of the most experienced teams in the conference and if your a young team trying to defense the flex offense its going to be a problem. We have shooters, we have a low post presence and we have a point guard but a lot depends on our how well and how fast the freshman develope. Bowie is the key for the season if he can knock down shots and get people involved we can win if not we will struggle. The only real challenge I see is Duke.

Matt obviously is a Gary hater. Gary can't recruit big men? Jordan Williams was a beast last year as a freshman and look around, all the other good big men are going to the NBA like Booker, Favors, Alabi, Zoubek, and I could go on.

Dino will be improved, we have the JuCo big man Weijs, Ashton Pankey, and James Padgett. Our big men are perfectly fine,and its laughable that you think we'll win 7 OOC games only.

Tommy B Did you watch the terps play at all last year? Jordan Williams is a BIG MAN.James Padgett is a Big Man. Pankey is 6-9 ,Weisz is 6-10. What are you talking about?

Matt I want to know have you managed to see any of these Terps commits in person? Specifically I would like to know if you have seen PeShon, and how tall he is. I have seen him listed between 6'1 and 6'3. Is he significantly bigger height wise than Sterling, and can sterling dunk.

Also whats good with Adjehi Baru? Are you considering contacting him and seeing where the terps stand?

Also, do you remember the 3 ninjas? I keep seeing it on TV and its taking me back. Peace

Adrian Bowie had 9 points in the win over Duke. Cliff Tucker contributed and will improve. Padgett only needs to add muscle and see the floor, Williams is Williams. Dino in Dino. Mosley is Mosley. Both will get better. Good bench of players. GO TERPS!

My hope is that Weijs has a consistent jump shot from about 15 feet and can play the 4 along side Williams. If the other team must guard him away from the basket, things open up inside. The Terps will be a bigger team inside next year, but with substantially smaller guards. You got to figure at least 4 guys 6'7" or bigger will see playing time consistently.

Hey "Terps," Matt didn't make the comment about MD's lack of big men... Tommy B did. Pay attention dude.

Next year is a definately a reloading year but we have some nice players like Bowie/ Tucker/ Mosely who will step up and contribute. With JWill growing up and Dino and Padge another year experienced this team will compete and hopefully come together nicely by the end of the year.


did YOU waych the terps play at all last season?

Right, he has Jordan WIlliams. 1 player. Who can play about 20 minutes.

EVERY GAME against a solid foe they got destroyed on the boards. DESTROYED.
GARY AND EVERY PUNDIT in the area point out MD's biggest flaw is their lack of size, and inside scoring consistency.

Wayne -- I haven't seen any of the commitments in person. I'll try to catch up with Baru in a little bit. And I do remember 3 Ninjas, especially a hilariously unrealistic playground basketball scene with the brothers.

Tommy B, are really Ryan masquarading under a pseudonym? Really, please get your facts straight before you begin spouting off with half-cocked subjective blather. First, Jordan Williams, as a freshman center who was asked to make probably the most difficult transition in basketball--from small high school to high Div I center--while simultaneously contributing to the team, averaged almost 25 minutes per game. As a sophomore, you can probably anticipate that number to increase to around 30 mpg. As well, Gregory is a presence underneath and will also make a significant contribution to the team this year. I would dismiss Padgett either. He is incredibly athletic and, with a year's experience and a reported strong work ethic and good attitude, he could readily make the same leap that Milbourne did from his freshman to sophomore year.

Second, Maryland actually outrebounded its collective opponents last season. Sure, they weren't the strongest rebounding team, but that was not expected to be their strong suit anyway. The goal was to get bigger underneath and compete on the boards--something they did, overall, quite effectively. They were really only "destroyed" on the boards, i.e., where the disparity contributed heavily to the game's outcome, by a couple of strong rebounding teams--GA Tech and MSU (the latter was the NCAA leader in rebounding margin, so the Spartans did it against everyone). Your perceived problem rests in the fact that they played these two teams, and lost to both, in the last 3 games of the season.

Maryland's front line will be bigger and more athletic this season. Will that immediately translate to victories? Perhaps not, as the team needs to figure out its rotation and the players must become comfortable with their roles, particularly Bowie as he adjusts to becoming the starting PG and learns how to distribute the ball underneath.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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